Rumplestiltskin Revisits NU
Center Stage Productions (CSP) presents the children’s theatre production of Rumpelstiltskin Revisited July 7-9.
A raucous, campy fracturing of the classic fairy tale, this delightful storyteller version sets a spun gold standard for the adaptation of old favorites. Pity poor, sweet Lilie. Living in hunger in medieval Germany, she survives with her pappa on rock soup and dirt delicacies. Her pappa, too, seems a bit absent-minded at times, especially when he persists in bumping into the queen, getting star struck and wildly claiming his daughter can perform all sorts of impossible tasks.
Once installed in the castle to supposedly bake pies into diamonds and sweep dust into silk, Lilie meets the irascible Rumpelstiltskin. A crooked, rude, overgrown infant of a fellow with a traumatic past that we see at the beginning of the show, Rumpelstiltskin is busying himself with pilfering food and vandalizing the queen’s castle. He seeks revenge on the queen, who, once upon a time in one of her many moods, sent Rumpelstiltskin into banishment. He reluctantly agrees to use his magic powers to help Lilie, but when the final task of spinning straw into gold arrives, their budding friendship is put to the test by Rumpelstiltskin’s greediness, Lilie’s innocent simple-mindedness and a show-stopping name-guessing game.
Dedicated to the love of theatre, music and dance, a group of teachers formed the Chichester Community Theatre in 1984. In order to reach out beyond the local community the name changed to Center Stage Productions. The organization is an independent, self-supporting institution working to enhance the role of live theatre in the community. Center Stage Productions takes pride in the creation of theatre meant to be an educational, enlightening and enjoyable experience.
Performances will be held in the Fred P. Meagher Theatre in the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center. Performances run Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 8 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. Life Center. General admission is $8. Group rates available. For more information, please call 610-558-5626.